The sense of smell is a big buck’s greatest defense. An incredibly small quantity of human odor can spoil a great opportunity.

Take, as an example, a hunter who trimmed shooting lanes for his favorite tree stand three days before opening day. Allowing the bows to lay undisturbed, a buck came along, sniffed a branch, and exploded in flight. Why? The hunter’s scent remained on the branches and was detected.

This post from QDMA speaks directly to the importance of understanding wind.

WV Deer 2013 047Wind is the most overlooked detail in hunting mature bucks. I’m not just talking about wind direction, although that’s very important. Wind gets way more complicated than that. The more you know and understand about the wind, and more importantly a whitetail’s nose, the more successful you will be.

When I was young I read that 10 percent of the hunters kill 90 percent of the deer. True or not, the statement got me thinking about how to be one of the 10 percent. When I became more serious about hunting mature deer, I realized the wind was probably the factor separating the consistently successful hunters from the rest. I found myself studying the wind and learning more and more every year. Through observation and experience, I’ve learned some things I’ve never read about in articles. I’m going to share with you some of my findings and explain how I use that information to better my chances of putting a tag on a mature buck.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Previous articleLearn More About Safari Club International
Next articleBox Blind Pros and Cons
Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.